Fonds consists of the administrative records, artist submissions, promotional material, fund raising, financial and operational records of the Desh Pardesh organization relating to its annual conference and arts festival and its year-round events related to South Asian youth, women's issues, fund raising, community development and anti-racist efforts. In addition to administrative records, the fonds also includes the submissions of local and international South Asian artists, dancers, film makers, poets, playwrights, photographers and other performers, including audio-visual, photographic and written material, as well as promotional packages and brochures. Fonds is arranged into 11 series.
The fonds consists of records that document Mistry's career as a writer, including financial records, personal and professional correspondence, publicity files, first editions and translations of his published works, notes, drafts and galleys of his short stories, travel essays and novels, including "Tales from Firoszsha Baag," "Such a Long Journey," "A Fine Balance," and "Family Matters." It also includes records documenting his work with his literary agent and publishers, his selection to the Oprah Book Club, the burning and banning of "Such a Long Journey" at the University of Mumbai in September 2010, Mistry's involvement with literary festivals and awards, and his support of organizations devoted to literacy, humanitarianism, and writers.
Fonds consists of musical recordings on one 1/4" audio reel, performed by Deva Prasad Das on vocals and mardal with Shankaran on flute. These performances were intended to accompany the Deba Prasad Das style of Odissi dance. Consists of three separate performances: "Nindata Chandana" Abhinaya, Ashtapadi (an expression-based dance); "Natangi" and a Boomija folk dance from Orissa. These recordings were made to accompany performances by Sukanya Rahman.
Also includes four VHS recordings of performances by Rahman in various venues in the 1990s.